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ESIF Fund-of-Funds Czech Republic
ESIF Fund-of-Funds Greece
The Silesia EIF Fund of Funds
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G43 - Anatolian Venture Capital Fund Project
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Polish Growth Fund of Funds (PGFF)
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Turkish Growth and Innovation Fund (TGIF)
Scottish-European Growth Co-Investment Programme
Slovene Equity Growth Investment Programme (SEGIP)
The EIB Group Risk Enhancement Mandate (EREM)
Western Balkans Enterprise Development & Innovation Facility II (WB EDIF II)

WB EDIF Guarantee Facility (WB EDIF GF)

    Date: 18 March 2016 - 27 February 2017

WB EDIF GF – managed by the EIF - provides guarantees to financial or credit institutions, guarantee schemes including mutual guarantee organisations, micro-finance institutions and any other financial institution - subject to fulfilling certain criteria -  established and operating in one or several Western Balkan countries  (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of  Macedonia, Kosovo (i), Montenegro and Serbia) to encourage them to build up new portfolios of SME loans and thereby improving access to finance to SMEs in the region. 
Activities carried-out by SMEs should not breach ethical principles or focus on one or more EIF restricted sectors.

What are the benefits for financial institutions to apply ?

The key benefit is that EIF is taking part of the risk which will enable the financial intermediaries to increase its loan volumes, gain new customers and enter into new market segments.

Which products does WB EDIF GF provide to selected financial institutions?

WB EDIF GF provides First Loss Portfolio Guarantees (FLPG) of SME loans to any financial institution committed to SME financing established and operating in one or several Western Balkans participating Countries, thus allowing them to increase their lending to SMEs by covering part of the risk of such SME loans.

Western Balkans Enterprise Development & Innovation Facility Guarantee facility products

How to apply to the WBEDIF Guarantee Facility

The Calls for Expression of Interest under the Guarantee Facility and the Guarantee Facility II are now closed.

[i] This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.


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